One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Basketball. Designating a style of play in which the ball is moved quickly down the court from a defensive position in an attempt to score on the break.
2Amer. Football. Designating an offensive style which relies on passing to create and exploit gaps in the defence.
Amer. Football. The run-and-shoot style of offensive play.
1940s; earliest use found in Cumberland (Maryland) Evening Times. From run + and + shoot.
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